A flight attendant began sharing 'pick-me-up' notes with passengers to spread kindness. It works.

What would you think if you took your seat on an airplane and found a note like this taped to the window?

Maybe you'd think, "Sweet! Where are we going?!" Or if you're a little more introverted like me, "Ummm, I'm not sure I wanna go." Images from Seeker Stories.


Flight attendant Taylor Tippet, whose story is shared in this great Seeker Stories video, was the person behind the note. And she wrote it to be a "pick-me-up" for the person who found it.

She wanted them know that they were invited to have the best day ever.

Taylor Tippet is spreading positivity, 30,000 feet in the air.

The quote came from her favorite book, "How to Be an Explorer of the World." And once she got started with that first note, she didn't stop. Not even close.

Tippett began to leave all kinds of "Words From the Window Seat" notes on flights.

Notes with uplifting words, like these:


Soon enough, Words From the Window Seat was taking Instagram by storm ... because who doesn't love an inspiring note?

As Tippet explains in the video: "If I'm not encouraging and inspiring others, what am I doing with my life? What am I doing with my time here? For my voice to matter, and for other people to connect or feel loved or feel understood or heard, that is all that matters to me."

And she's definitely inspiring others. Now that #WordsFromTheWindowSeat is a hashtag on Instagram, other people are following in her footsteps and leaving words of positivity for strangers.

And she's finding ways to do it that make everyone feel welcomed: She learned that some folks could feel a little freaked out about seeing a note on a plane window, given the climate of flying these days. So, Tippet began taking a picture of the note to share online, then leaving the note in the safety card for the passenger to find later.

"There's nothing like meeting 300 plus people a day and knowing your smile and kindness matters," she says. And that's a great reminder for all of us to spread a little kindness when we can, too.

Listen to Tippet talk about what she's doing. Hats off to her for spreading more positivity in this life.

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When Molly Reeser was a student at Michigan State University, she took a job mucking horse stalls to help pay for classes. While she was there, she met a 10-year-old girl named Casey, who was being treated for cancer, and — because both were animal lovers — they became fast friends.

Two years later, Casey died of cancer.

"Everyone at the barn wanted to do something to honor her memory," Molly remembers. A lot of suggestions were thrown out, but Molly knew that there was a bigger, more enduring way to do it.

"I saw firsthand how horses helped Casey and her family escape from the difficult and terrifying times they were enduring. I knew that there must be other families who could benefit from horses in the way she and her family had."

Molly approached the barn owners and asked if they would be open to letting her hold a one-day event. She wanted to bring pediatric cancer patients to the farm, where they could enjoy the horses and peaceful setting. They agreed, and with the help of her closest friends and the "emergency" credit card her parents had given her, Molly created her first Camp Casey. She worked with the local hospital where Casey had been a patient and invited 20 patients, their siblings and their parents.

The event was a huge success — and it was originally meant to be just that: a one-day thing. But, Molly says, "I believe Casey had other plans."

One week after the event, Molly received a letter from a five-year-old boy who had brain cancer. He had been at Camp Casey and said it was "the best day of his life."

"[After that], I knew that we had to pull it off again," Molly says. And they did. Every month for the next few years, they threw a Camp Casey. And when Molly graduated, she did the most terrifying thing she had ever done and told her parents that she would be waitressing for a year to see if it might be possible to turn Camp Casey into an actual nonprofit organization. That year of waitressing turned into six, but in the end she was able to pull it off: by 2010, Camp Casey became a non-profit with a paid staff.

"I am grateful for all the ways I've experienced good luck in my life and, therefore, I believe I have a responsibility to give back. It brings me tremendous joy to see people, animals, or things coming together to create goodness in a world that can often be filled with hardships."

Camp Casey serves 1500 children under the age of 18 each year in Michigan. "The organization looks different than when it started," Molly says. "We now operate four cost-free programs that bring accessible horseback riding and recreational services to children with cancer, sickle cell disease, and other life-threatening illnesses."

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